PACIFIC: Sgt. Thomas Maxham

(Jan. 12, 1945) – T-Sgt. Thomas J. Maxham was killed in a B-29 plane crash on take-off at Dudhkundi, India, on Dec. 24, 1944, according to a War Department telegram received Dec. 30.

Maxham, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Rhodes of Chase Street, with whom he lived for a long while, was a radar operator on a B-29.

With the first B-29 raiders on Japan, June 15, Sgt. Maxham participated in other raids on Japan, and held the Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster.

He went overseas in April, and before entering service in March 1942, was employed at the General Instrument company, Elizabeth.

He had previously attended Nutley High School and had worked at the Charms Candy Company, Bloomfield.

A High Mass was held for him at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
His father, James J. Maxham resides at Woodhaven, N.Y.

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